Mosquito marker planes dropped
red and green imprints.
The Florence of the Elbe
awaited its charcoal nightmare.
Sirens proclaimed a terror, embraced
by formations of flying steel.
The first incendiary firestorm
rained seismic waves of heat.
Read more of “Ash Wednesday in Dresden (Aschermittwoch in Dresden)” by Carl Scharwath in issue 13 of Decades Review, coming in October.